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How to Spend 3 Days in Seville – The Best Travel Itinerary

How to Spend 3 Days in Seville – The Best Travel Itinerary

Spending 3 days in Seville is one of the very best decisions you’ve ever made. I’m not kidding. Andalusia’s capital city is one of the most underrated gems on the continent, and soon you’re about to see why.

Blending traditional architecture with modern projects, compact Seville offers fantastic weather almost year round (one of the warmest cities in Europe), not-so-fierce tourist crowds, and vibrant local culture. Following my 3-day Seville itinerary guide, I can guarantee you’ll see everything there is to see and do it the easiest and cheapest way there is.

Are you ready for a spirited Andalusian adventure?
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Three days in Seville – Day 1 – Palaces Galore

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On the first of our 3 days in Seville, we’re about to explore the city center. Most of the attractions are very close to eachother so you won’t have to rush anything.

Royal Alcazar

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First on the list is the biggest attraction in town – the Royal Alcazar. Historically known as al-Qasr al-Muriq, Real Alcazar is a Royal Palace built on top of a Muslim residential fortress destroyed after the Christian conquest of Seville in 1248.

Designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987, the palace is a fine example of the Iberian Mudéjar blended with Romanesque, Gothic, and Renaissance structural elements.

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Make sure not to miss the stunning Patio de las Doncellas. The incredibly scenic courtyard with a long pool is the most popular photo spot inside. Of course, there are plenty of other picturesque places, but to get them free of people, you must be one of the first to enter the palace (meaning you have to get on the line around an hour before it opens).

The Royal Alcazar has countless rooms and vast gardens, so be prepared to spend at least 3 hours there. If you’re into history, I strongly recommend getting a guide to tell you the fascinating stories of the palace.

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You can get your tickets on the spot, but usually, there’s a massive line in front of the ticket office. If you get your tickets online, you’ll skip at least that line.

Working Hours:
October 29 to March 31: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 5:00 PM 
April 1 to October 28: Monday to Sunday from 09:30 AM to 7:00 PM

Prices:
Regular – 13.50 EUR
Royal bedroom ticket – 5.50 EUR
Skip-the-line ticket – Check here
Guided tour – Check here
Guided tour including Seville’s Cathedral – Check here
Free to enter on Mondays from October to December from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Castaway Fact
The Alcazar’s gardens are so beautiful that they were used as a setting for the Dorne palace in Game of Thrones.

Barrio Santa Cruz

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Once you finish exploring the palace, you get out in Barrio Santa Cruz – the old Jewish quarter. Restored in the early 20th century, Barrio Santa Cruz is full of tiny alleys, colorful houses, ancient churches, and tiny squares. It’s a great place to sit down and grab a bite.

One of the neighborhood attractions is the Romeo and Juliet Balcony. Although the famous story has nothing to do with Seville, the legend has it that this exact terrace inspired Shakespear for the balcony scene in his play.

Seville Cathedral

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We continue our 3 days in Seville with the second of the top three mega attractions in town – Seville’s Cathedral and its bell tower – La Giralda.

Just a few minutes from the Royal Alcazar, the cathedral was also dedicated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1987.

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I can’t really describe how big Catedral de Sevilla is. Completed in the early 16th century, the cathedral stripped down Hagia Sophia as the biggest one in the world, and today it still holds second place, just behind Milan’s Duomo.

Inside the cathedral, you’ll enjoy artworks such as Francisco de Goya’s Saints Justa and Rufina and Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate of Bartholomew. There’s also the incredible golden Capilla Mayor and the tomb of Columbus himself.

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No cathedral visit is complete without a climb to its bell tower, of course. A former minaret, La Giralda reaches 97.5 m (320 ft) and offers amazing 360-degree views of the city. Keep in mind, though, that there’s no elevator, and you have to climb the tower on foot (there are no steps but a long spiral path upwards).

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat from 10:30 AM to 7:30 PM
Sunday from 2:30 PM to 7:30 PM 

Prices:
Regular – 12 EUR (includes the tower)
Audioguide – 5 EUR
Skip-the-line online ticket – Check here
Guided tour – Check here
Guided tour including the Royal Alcazar – Check here

Palacio de Las Dueñas

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Next on our 3-day Seville itinerary, we have… another beautiful palace. This one is way smaller than the Alcazar, though. Built in the late 15th century, Palacio de Las Dueñas was home to plenty of local royalties, including a few marquises and the poet Antonio Machado.

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Although the palace is full of Roman sculptures, Flemish tapestries, beautiful mosaics, and plenty of other art pieces, its main motive is bullfighting. There are a few bull heads on the walls, plenty of vintage bullfighting posters, and even a real matador cape. I bet one of the marquises used to be a matador!

Working Hours:
April to September from 10:00 AM to 8:00 PM
October to March from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM 

Prices:
Regular – 12 EUR (get an online ticket here)
Private Musical and Poetic Tour – check here

Sunset at Metropol Parasol (Las Setas de Sevilla)

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We finish the first of our three days in Seville on a special spot. Near Palacio de Las Dueñas, we find the gigantic modern art city project – Metropol Parasol. Also known as the Giant Mushroom (I wonder why), the controversial project is the largest wooden structure in the world.

Inside the Parasol, there are restaurants, tapas, bars, cafes, an indoor food market and, the main reason we’re here, a great view of the city. Since there’s no shade at the top and Seville is hot as hell, the best time to visit Las Setas de Sevilla is around sunset.

Working Hours:
Sunday to Thursday, from 9:30 AM to 11:00 PM
Friday and Saturday – 9:30 AM to 11:30 PM

Prices:
Regular – 3 EUR
Up to 16 years old – free
Guided tour – Check here

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Three Days in Seville – Day 2 – Ducks and Photos

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On the second day of our 3-day Seville itinerary, we’re about to see the most beautiful place in the city, feed some ducks and witness a UNESCO-recognized spectacle.

Plaza de Espana

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I dare to say that Plaza de España is the most beautiful plaza in Spain and probably the most beautiful one on the continent. Built in 1928, this stone marvel is a wonderful blend of Renaissance Revival and Moorish Revival architecture. 

The whole plaza is like taken out of a fairytale. Colorful bridges, picturesque towers, and, best of all – dozens of painted ceramic benches representing all the provinces in Spain are arranged around the square, just asking you to take a picture with them. Seriously guys, if there’s one place you most definitely shouldn’t miss on your 3 days in Seville – it’s Plaza de Espana.

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If you want a great photo, you better go early in the morning. The tourist crowds get there around 9-10 AM, making it very hard to take a good shot. If you go in the afternoon, there’ll be plenty of people and some street-performing flamenco dancers.

Working Hours:
November through March from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
April through October from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Prices:
Free

Maria Luisa Park

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Just next to the plaza awaits you, the 34 hectares-large Maria Luisa Park. A well-maintained park where you can relax, have a walk with your loved one, or sit and feed some ducks. 

Yes, ducks are everywhere around you in Maria Luisa and even have their own duck island. I don’t know about you, but sitting and watching the ducks and swans has always felt extremely relaxing. I can do it for hours.

Working Hours:
November through March from 8:00 AM to 10:00 PM
April through October from 8:00 AM to 12:00 AM

Prices:
Free

Torre del Oro

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We continue our 3 days in Seville agenda with a tower. A dodecagonal military watchtower, to be exact. Torre del Oro was constructed in the first third of the 13th century and was used as a prison during the Middle Ages.

Today the tower offers a small naval museum and a lovely view of the Guadalquivir river and Triana district.

Working Hours:
Monday – Friday: from 9:30 AM to 6:45 PM
Saturday and Sunday: from 10:30 AM to 6:45 PM

Prices:
Regular – 3 EUR
Free on Monday

Casa de Pilatos

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Our second day is almost over, and we haven’t seen a single palace today— time to change that. Casa de Pilatos is an Andalusian palace that is a fine example of an Italian Renaissance building with Mudéjar elements and decorations.

Even though the palace is not as grand as the Alcazar, there is an abundance of Azulejo walls, vivid colors, and photo spots. 

Working Hours:
From November to March, every day from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM
From April to October, every day from 9:00 AM to 7:00 PM

Prices:
Regular – 10 EUR (get one here)
Guided tour including Salvador Church and Metropol Tour – Check here

Castaway Fact
Knight and DayLawrance of Arabia, and Kingdom of Heaven were shot in Casa de Pilatos.

Flamenco Show

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We finish the second of our three days in Seville with style – experiencing the heart and soul of the city. What do I mean? Flamenco, of course.

One of the most famous dances in the world has been an Andalusian tradition for centuries and is even recognized by UNESCO.

You can enjoy a flamenco show pretty much everywhere in town, but if you want guaranteed quality, you can check out either Casa de la Memoria or El Palacio Andaluz. If you are in Tirana, you can go to  Baraka Sala Flamenca. All of them will present an impeccable show.

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Three days in Seville – Day 3 – More of Andalusia

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On our last day, the 3-day Seville itinerary will take us… out of Seville.

The day tour options are plenty; you can see the best-organized ones below (in the Seville day tips section). My recommendation for a do-it-yourself trip, however, would be Granada. Why Granada?

Because there you find the most visited attraction in Spain – Alhambra

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The famous palace and fortress complex was started in 1238, but the current look wasn’t obtained until the 14th century. And the current look is more than magnificent. Alhambra is genuinely one of the great wonders of the world, and I strongly suggest you make the trip to see it.

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To reach it from Seville, you take a bus to Granada (I use Omio for that).
Once in Granada, take city bus number 21 or 33. Get down when you reach the cathedral and take one of the minivans numbered C30 or C32. They will take you straight to Alhambra. The easiest way to navigate Granada is via Google Maps (duh).

Working Hours:
Check here

Prices:
Regular – 14 EUR (see all prices here)
Fast track ticket – Check here
Guided tour – Check here
Night tour – Check here

More Than 3 Days in Seville

You have more than 3 days in Seville, or you want to change something on the itinerary? No problem, here are the other Seville attraction:

Archivo de Indias

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Not the most exciting place in town, but it’s free and cool (temperature-wise), offering much-needed relief from the Andalusian sun. Archivo de Indias was built during the reign of Philip I and contains all the documentation referring to the administration of the Spanish overseas territories. It’s incredible if you’re interested in the New World discovery era, but nothing special for the regular Joe.

Working Hours:
Mon-Sat from 9:30 AM to 5:00 PM
Sunday from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

Price:
Free

Why is it not on the main itinerary:
It’s not that interesting

Triana District

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Located across the river, the charming district of Triana offers a picturesque residential area full of azulejo-covered houses. A great place to buy hand-made souvenirs, relax and grab a bite. The biggest highlight in the area is the Triana Mercado (covered market).

Why is it not on the main itinerary:
It requires quite a detour to visit. However, if you have more than 3 days in Seville, definitely see it.

Flamenco Museum

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Recognized by UNESCO as a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, Flamenco embodies the heart and soul of the Andalusian people. Housed in an 18th-century building, Museu del baile Flamenco will teach you about the history of the spirited dance and, of course, present a flamenco show.

Working Hours:
Daily from 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM. 
Shows at 5:00 PM, 7:00 PM, and 8:45 PM

Price:
Museum – 10 EUR
Flamenco Show – 25 EUR
Combined – 29 EUR
Reserve online ticket here

Why is it not on the main itinerary:
Flamenco is everywhere in Seville, and you don’t really need to go to a museum to enjoy an authentic show.

Collegiate Church of the Divine Savior

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Built between 1674 and 1712, this is the second most important church in town. It’s erected on the same spot where a mosque used to sit during the Moorish period and a basilica during the Roman period. It’s touted to be a baroque masterpiece, and if churches are your thing, it’s definitely worth a visit.

Working Hours:
Monday to Friday from 10:55 AM to 5:30 PM. 
Sunday from 2:30 PM to 7:00 PM

Price:
Regular – 5 EUR
Free to enter with your Seville Cathedral ticket

Why is it not on the main itinerary:
It’s nothing wow.

Isla Mágica theme park

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This Seville’s theme and water park is like a mini Disneyland. With more than 40 rides, Isla Magica guarantees a fun day with your kids.

Working Hours:
Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 AM to 10:00 PM

Prices:
Check here

Why is it not on the main itinerary:
It takes a whole day

Plaza del Torros

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Plaza del Torros is the largest and most important bullfighting arena in Spain. While this is undoubtedly one of Seville’s attractions, I plead you not to visit it. Bullfighting is a barbaric sport that has no place in the 21st century.

Where to stay in Seville

Luxury


Hotel Casa Del Poeta

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Located in Seville’s historic center, this 4-star hotel will make you feel like royalty. Designed like an Andalusian castle, Casa del Poeta is found between the city cathedral and the Royal Alcazar. You start your day with a homemade breakfast and end it with a cocktail on the lovely rooftop terrace. 

The rooms have everything you’ll need during your stay, but if something is missing, the staff will do the impossible to provide it. Seriously, those guys are some of the most helpful folks I’ve seen. Hands down an incredible hotel

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Moderate


Hotel Casa de Indias By Intur

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Located right next to Setas de Sevilla (the giant wooden mushroom), if you stay in this hotel, you are guaranteed an incredible view. That’s on top of the modern hypoallergenic rooms, 24-hour reception desk, tasty buffet breakfast, satellite TV, rooftop pool, and if you need it for some reason, solarium. No wonder it’s one of the highest-rated properties in Seville.

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Budget


Basic Hotel Sevilla Catedral

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This hotel may be basic, but it’s more than perfect for a budget stay. It’s set in a reformed 18th-century building with Seville’s signature Andalusian patio and offers plenty of bed configurations, a 24-hour reception desk, satellite TV, and a lovely sundeck on the roof. And the location is more than perfect – just a few minutes from the cathedral, the Alcazar, and Calle Sierpes shopping street!

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Apartments


Aguilas5 SevillaSuites

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One of the highest-rated properties in Seville, the Aguilas apartments really seem to have it all. Beautifully renovated classical house with modern furnishing, fully equipped kitchenette, satellite tv, and rooftop pool. It’s also located right next to the Flamenco museum and Casa de Pilatos, just 10 minutes from the cathedral and the Alcazar. An absolute gem!

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Hostel


La Banda Rooftop Hostel

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If you like the low prices and lively feel of hostels, La Banda is your place. Offering well-furnished AC rooms with small bed curtains that give you privacy when needed, this hostel also has a large rooftop area used as a venue for all sorts of activities to help you meet new people. The most social-orientated property in town!

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Seville Tours

The Yacht One

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Embark on a tiny yacht and sail through the Guadalquivir River to see Seville from another perspective. A scenic and relaxing activity that has a buffet option too. Perfect for a lazy afternoon.

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The Tapas One

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When in Spain, you are almost obligated to take one of those. Exploring Seville through its tapas is one of the most pleasant experiences imaginable. This tour will take you around Seville’s authentic and emblematic tapas bars and teach you how to spot tourist traps. Best to take early in your vacation to use the gathered knowledge after.

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The Cookin One

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This Andalusian cooking class begins with a tour of the famous Triana market, where you pick some fresh products. Then your adventure into Spanish cuisine begins. Learn how to cook classical Andalusian dishes and spend a delightful 3.5 hours with a professional chef.

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Seville day trips

Alhambra 

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Alhambra is Spain’s most visited attraction, and there’s a good reason why. The place is just magical! Seriously, I’ve been to plenty of awesome places in Europe and Morocco, but Alhambra still blew my mind. This tour is the easiest option if you don’t want to organize the trip yourself.

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Cordoba and Carmona

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This lovely trip will show you Cordoba’s incredible UNESCO-recognized Mosque-Cathedral, the Torre de la Calahorra, and the streets of the Jewish Quarter. On the other hand, Carmona will complement your trip by revealing stunning views of Andalusia that will forever stay in your heart. 

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Gibraltar

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Escape Spain for a moment and enjoy Gibraltar’s British culture, duty-free shopping, and well-behaved monkeys. Even though the place is tiny, Gibraltar is one of the most curious places on the continent, and I’m pretty sure you’ll love it.

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Caminito del Rey

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This day trip is not for the fainted heart ones. Embark on a hike through El Caminito del Rey, formerly known as the most dangerous hike in the world, and have an adventure of a lifetime. The tour also includes crossing the new suspension bridge 100 meters above the El Chorro Gorge. However, keep in mind that this hike is around 7 km long and includes a lot of scary parts. Therefore, book only after careful consideration.

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FAQ

When to visit Seville?

Unlike most European cities, Seville’s prime tourist dates are mid-March and late April/early May. This is when the Semana Santa (Holy Week) and the Feria de Abril (Spring Fair) festivals are held. The first is a religious event where thousands of hooded penitents stroll through the city alleys, while the second is your regular eating, dancing, and partying holiday. 
If you’re not interested in those events, definitely plan your vacation around those dates because the hotel prices are through the roof.

April to June and September to November would be the best months for most people. Sun is shining, but it’s not too hot, rains are rare, tourists are not that much, and prices are not that high.

July and August are the hottest months in Seville. And being one of the hottest towns in Europe, you can imagine the hot months get uncomfortably hot. Temperatures are regularly hitting 40°C (104°F), so if you’re not a hot-weather fella, you better stay away.

December and January are considered the cold months, with temperatures averaging 6°C (43°F) during the night and 16°C (61°F) during the day. It’s also considered a rainy season which means 6-8 rainy days a month. As you can see, it’s neither too wet nor too cold, so if you’re on a budget, this would be the best time to visit Seville. You’ll also enjoy the city’s Christmas decorations.
Here are Seville’s average monthly temperatures

Is Seville safe?

Seville is one of the safest cities in Spain. Streets are well-lit, and violent crimes are almost non-existent. However, you still have to keep your travel wits about you because wherever there are tourists, there are pickpockets too.

Is Seville expensive?

Being the main city in Andalusia, Seville is more expensive than the others in the area; however, compared to Madrid or Barcelona, spending 3 days in Seville is way more affordable.
Here are some average Seville prices

How to get from Seville airport to the city center?

The airport bus is the easiest and cheapest way to get to the city center. The stop is right outside the main terminal, and the bus takes you to Plaza de Armas. The journey lasts about 35 minutes and costs 4 EUR for a single ticket and 6 EUR for a return one.
Bus schedule:
Seville Airport to Seville city center: From 05:20 AM to 01:15 AM
Seville city center to Seville Airport: From 04:30 AM to 00:30 AM

Another option is a taxi straight to your hotel. It would be a bit faster (15-20 mins) but way more expensive (20-30 EUR).
You can also arrange a private transfer before your arrival (or departure) and have someone pick you up at the gate. You can do that here.

How to get around Seville?

Seville is a compact and extremely walker-friendly town. Most of the attractions are relatively close to eachother so you won’t have to use taxis or even public transport.
 
You can also rent a bike (plenty of them everywhere in the city) or use a hop-on-hop-off bus. If you have to use public transport, the ticket price is 1.40 EUR, and you can get it from the driver.

Can I use USD in Seville?

No, Seville is in Spain, and you can only use euros (EUR) in Spain. Most places accept card payments, though.

Is Seville worth it?

Seville is absolutely worth it! It has become my favorite city in Spain, and I can’t wait to return there.

Three Days in Seville Itinerary Map

That’s all from me, I hope your 3 days in Seville are amazing.   
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